the faux bohemian

Posts tagged film history

0 notes

Holy shit.

From an Andrew Sullivan thread about classic Hollywood’s race and sex problems:

Eddie Cantor is one of my favorite old movie stars. Fast-talking and action-packed, his movies were early examples of screwball comedy, but most are virtually unairable on television today and thus nearly forgotten. Like so many other performers of the era, Cantor came up from vaudeville, with its traditions of blackface, “coon shouting” and racial humor. Most of his movies (like Whoopee!Roman ScandalsThe Kid from Spain) rely on some form of broad racial humor. The best one can say is that he didn’t target any group in particular; black, Jewish, Asian, Hispanic and Native American stereotypes all enjoy ample screen time.

I remember AMC’s Bob Dorian introducing Whoopee! in the mid 1990s, prefacing it with a plea not to focus on the racial stuff, but to look at it as an “indicator of how far we have come.”

Filed under hollywood racism sexism film history whoopee andrew sullivan blackface

6 notes

vistavision:

“At Cortina d’Ampezzo, there was a chairlift that went up to the top of the mountain, with a restaurant at the top. The height went from 2,000 ft. to 8,000 ft. and it was a beautiful place. One day in particular began with stunning weather, so David and I went up to the mountain to have lunch. We were dressed casually in slacks, but once we got up there, the bad weather moved in, and it got cold. Really cold.
As we came down after lunch, Niv was sitting in the chairlift saying matter-of-factly, ‘My cock is frozen. I have a frozen cock. Frozen solid.’ When we got down to the hotel, Marion was waiting for us. David explained his predicament and asked Marion to sit in his lap and save the life of his favorite friend. Having a strong maternal disposition, Marion sat in his lap and saved a very valuable part of David’s life.
Niv ordered a brandy. Then he told me to follow him, and we went to the john where he unzipped and dropped his unit into the brandy snifter to try to save it from frostbite…It was at that point that the bathroom door swung open, and in came a man in a military uniform. He looked at David with his cock in a brandy glass, and me staring at it, and stopped dead…Niv looked up and said, ‘I always give it a little drink from time to time.’”
- Robert Wagner [Pieces of My Heart]

Amazing.

vistavision:

“At Cortina d’Ampezzo, there was a chairlift that went up to the top of the mountain, with a restaurant at the top. The height went from 2,000 ft. to 8,000 ft. and it was a beautiful place. One day in particular began with stunning weather, so David and I went up to the mountain to have lunch. We were dressed casually in slacks, but once we got up there, the bad weather moved in, and it got cold. Really cold.

As we came down after lunch, Niv was sitting in the chairlift saying matter-of-factly, ‘My cock is frozen. I have a frozen cock. Frozen solid.’ When we got down to the hotel, Marion was waiting for us. David explained his predicament and asked Marion to sit in his lap and save the life of his favorite friend. Having a strong maternal disposition, Marion sat in his lap and saved a very valuable part of David’s life.

Niv ordered a brandy. Then he told me to follow him, and we went to the john where he unzipped and dropped his unit into the brandy snifter to try to save it from frostbite…It was at that point that the bathroom door swung open, and in came a man in a military uniform. He looked at David with his cock in a brandy glass, and me staring at it, and stopped dead…Niv looked up and said, ‘I always give it a little drink from time to time.’”

- Robert Wagner [Pieces of My Heart]

Amazing.

(Source: vistavisions)

Filed under david niven robert wagner film history badassery